Category Archives: Conference

2020 Conference Presentations

Category : Conference , Presentation

On April 2nd this year, the chapter held a very successful online conference, replacing the two-day one that had been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The slides and videos for this online conference are now available:

2020 conference

If you want to revisit the talks you heard, or, if you missed our meeting, watch for the first time, please use the above link to access the YouTube videos.

Although we were disappointed not to hold the Glasgow meeting this year, the good news is that next years’ conference will be at the same venue: Strathclyde University on 25-26th March 2021. We look forward to seeing you next year in Glasgow.

UK Chapter, 2020 Online Conference Thursday, April 2nd

Category : Conference , Recent

The UK chapter’s online conference takes place on 2 April 2020. The full programme is available at

The webinar will start from 09:30 for participants to login and test their connection, with the getting started with SD session with Kim Warren taking place in the morning, and the afternoon programme of speakers commencing at 13:30.

Donations are welcome from participants to cover the running costs of this event via Eventbrite:

Join the webinar using this link:

Participants will be asked to provide their name and email address when joining (the same email address used to register on Eventbrite)

Postponed UK Chapter Conference: Online Event 2nd April 2020 and Rescheduled Conference for 2021

Category : Conference , Events , Recent

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision was taken to postpone our annual conference, which was planned for 2nd and 3rd of April in Glasgow. We are delighted to be able to announce that we have rescheduled the event to take place at the University of Strathclyde on Thursday, 25th and Friday, 26th  March 2021. Further information follows:

  • If you have booked a ticket to the event, you are entitled to a full refund – please contact to arrange.
  • If you do not seek a refund, you can use the purchased ticket for the 2021 conference.
  • We plan to run an online event on Thursday, 2nd April, which will feature a selection of presentations that were planned for the Strathclyde conference. If you have booked a ticket for the conference, you will be sent a link to the event, whether or not you seek a refund. We would appreciate a small donation if you do attend the online event to cover the costs of providing it. Donations can be provided through Eventbrite HERE, either before or after the online event has taken place.
  • If you would like to attend the online event and you have not already booked a ticket, then making a donation through the Eventbrite site  HERE will result in you being sent a link.

POSTPONED: UK Chapter Conference 2-3 April 2020, Glasgow

Category : Conference , News , Recent

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the UK Policy Council of the System Dynamics Society has had to postpone our annual conference planned for Glasgow this year. You will be entitled to a refund of your conference fees (please contact We are exploring the possibilities of a shortened online conference to be held on Thursday 2 April 2020 at a reduced cost which could be taken from your refund should you wish to participate. More details will be announced by Thursday March 19th.

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Winter Newsletter 2020

Category : Conference , News , Recent

SD UK Chapter Conference 2-3 April 2020

This conference has been postponed. Please read the statement:

Technology and Innovation Centre

Book Launch, Edinburgh 12 Feb 2020

Eric Wolstenholme and Douglas McKelvie invite you to the launch of their new book, “The Dynamics of Care” (published by Springer, 2019). Please join them from just after 5.00pm on Wednesday 12 February at The Melting Pot, 4th Floor for 5.30 start. Read more here…  Also, read about their workshop: The Courage to Hold Unconventional Opinions at the same venue at 2pm.

Policy Council Vacancies

The policy council is responsible for the day-to-day running of the UK Chapter of the System Dynamics Society, our conference, networking events and the promotion of the system dynamics methodology in the United Kingdom. We currently have two vacancies for policy council members. Could this be for you? Do you feel you could help us fulfil the aims of the System Dynamics Society in the UK? 

Policy council members are volunteers, with a wide range of backgrounds in industry, consultancy, public service and academia. You do not need to be an expert practitioner. We have council members with different levels of experience and different approaches to the methodology.

If interested, please contact us on for more information.

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UK System Dynamics Conference 2020

Category : Conference , Recent

This conference has been postponed. Please read the statement:

The next UK chapter conference is on 2-3 April 2020 (Thursday & Friday) and will take place in Glasgow at Strathclyde University. A great conference programme is coming together, with talks and workshops by SD practitioners at the forefront of the field. Check out the updates at our website conference page.

You may book for the whole conference, or just one day. Special rates for students and the retired. There is an option of the conference meal on Thursday evening.

Early bird booking available until the end of January. Book now to get the best rates.

Technology and Innovation Centre, Strathclyde University

Poster Session

Do you have work you could submit for the Friday poster session?

Poster submissions are now open

Submission Deadline: 6th March 2020.


On the Friday of the conference there is the Student Colloquium. Submissions are invited from students for the: 
poster session 
student colloquium presentations 
student prize.

Submission Deadline: 6th March 2020.

You may submit the same work to more than one category.

Getting Started with System Dynamics

On Thursday morning, before the start of the main conference, there is an introductory course in system dynamics by leading practitioner Kim Warren.

Book with the conference.


2020 UK Chapter Conference Early-bird Booking

Category : Conference

This conference has been postponed. Please read the statement:

Early-bird booking is now open for the 2020 annual conference of the UK Chapter of the System Dynamics Society. The conference takes place at Glasgow in Strathclyde University.

VENUE: Technology and Innovation Centre, Strathclyde University
ADDRESS: 99 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1RD
DATE: 2nd / 3rd April 2020

Book Now at EventBrite

Further information and updates will be posted on the conference page.


Past Events: 2019 Conference Presentations

Category : Conference

Annual Conference 2019

THEME : System Dynamics: Uncovering connections – delivering insight
VENUE: Royal College of Nursing
DATE: 4th / 5th April 2019
Conference Report

Thursday 4 April (am): Optional Session

Getting started with System Dynamics – Concepts and applications. Kim Warren (Strategy Dynamics). Abstract. Presentation.

Thursday 4 April (pm)

Embedding System Dynamics modelling into healthcare strategic planning – a case study: the Kent Advancing Applied Analytics Community of Practice. Kate Doughty, Mark Gilbert, Jo Tonkin, (Kent County Council, UK).
Abstract. Presentation.

The Export Support System Model – Building System Models with Economists. John Medhurst (Larrainzar Consulting Solutions Ltd), Hala Elsayed (Department for International Trade).

Using SD in the Legal Arena: a modeller’s and lawyer’s perspective. Professor Susan Howick (University of Strathclyde), Ralph Goodchild (White & Case).
Abstract. Presentation.

Antibiotics Prescribing Decision-making Process in Secondary Care: a System Dynamics Approach. Nina Zhu (Imperial College, UK).

Outstanding Contribution Award. Awarded to Eric Wolstenholme.
Further Details.

Friday 5 April (am)

Practical Lessons from Applying System Dynamics in Consultancy.David Exelby (Decision Analysis Services Ltd, UK).

How to Engage Clients in Simulation Projects – A tutorial on PartiSim. Antuela Tako (Loughborough University, UK), Kathy Kotiadis (University of Kent, UK).

Deliberate creativity and systems thinking. Dennis Sherwood (Silver Bullet, UK).

Poster Session

Understanding the Drivers of Cost Overrun in Highway Projects in Nigeria: A System Dynamics Approach.Abba Tahir Mahmud (Heriot Watt University, UK).

Antibiotics Prescribing Decision-making Process in Secondary Care: a System Dynamics Approach. Nina Zhu (Imperial College, UK).
Best Poster Prize.
Abstract. Poster.

Simulation of the Management and Disposal of Low Level Radioactive Waste in the United Kingdom. Emma Woodham (Decision Analysis Service Ltd, UK), Siôn Cave (Decision Analysis Service Ltd, UK).

Direct Action or Social Nudge: Where are the Effective Policy Levers for Helping Families Select Secondary (High) Schools? David Carter (University of Plymouth).

A System Dynamics Approach to Inform Decision-Making in STEM Education. Shari Weaver (Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA).

Systems Thinking Modeling Kit. Laurent Kurylo (Eliande Consulting, UK).

Friday 5 April (pm). Student Presentations and Prize.

Work Management under Stress: A Dynamic Exploration of a Motivation Control Theory of Fatigue.Yekatherina Bobrova (UCL, UK).
Best Paper Prize.

Modelling the Impacts of Inter-city Connectivity on City Specialisation.David Pierce (University of Leeds, UK).

Integrated Model for Water, Food, Energy and Human Development.Korinus Nixon Waimbo (Exeter University, UK).

A System Dynamics Approach to Inform Decision-Making in STEM Education.Shari Weaver (Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA).

The Dynamics of Academic Entrepreneurship in University Ecosystems: Modelling Emergent Behaviour using a Hybrid System Dynamics/Agent-Based Simulation.Bernd Wurth (Strathclyde University, UK)

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